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Australia Mild weather brings a moment of respite from fires

03:20  11 january  2020
03:20  11 january  2020 Source:   theage.com.au

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended his leadership and his government's record on climate change Sunday as milder temperatures brought hope of a respite from wildfires that have ravaged three states, claiming 24 lives and destroying almost 2,000 homes.

Cooling temperatures and calmer winds brought some relief Sunday to Australian communities raked by wildfires, but the heat stayed on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to accept responsibility for the crisis and take action. "There has been a lot of blame being thrown around," Morrison said at.

a train traveling down train tracks near a field: Firesfighters face a long and challenging night after the fires merged in Snowy Valley.© Eddie Jim Firesfighters face a long and challenging night after the fires merged in Snowy Valley.

Scores of international firefighters and mild forecasted weather are set to deliver crucial respite to exhausted crews battling devastating fires in north-east Victoria and East Gippsland.

But authorities have warned that flash flooding now presents a safety risk in some areas with thunderstorms expected this week.

The state of disaster will be lifted at midnight this evening with cooler weather forecast for the coming 10 days.

Residents in much of the state have woken up to a mild morning, spared the worst of the fire activity that was feared yesterday.

Rain gives respite to Vic firefighters

  Rain gives respite to Vic firefighters Cooler conditions and rain will give Victorian firefighters a break from blazes that have already burnt more than one million hectares.The cool weather that has brought relief to Victoria will continue on Monday, with showers giving firefighters some respite before the heat returns later in the week.

- January 5 brought milder conditions, including some rainfall in New South Wales and neighbouring Victoria state, but some communities were still under One person has died overnight in Batlow and four firefighters were injured. A state of emergency is in place across NSW as firefighters battle 150

- January 5 brought milder conditions, including some rainfall in New South Wales and neighbouring Victoria state, but some communities were still under One person has died overnight in Batlow and four firefighters were injured. A state of emergency is in place across NSW as firefighters battle 150

On Saturday Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville confirmed 21 fires were still burning in Victoria, with 1.3 million hectares scorched so far.

“We've also got some risks of severe thunderstorms this week, which can lead to flash flooding, which again sounds bizarre in the situation where you [have] got fire, but [there is] potential for flash flooding and also lightning,” she said.

Ms Neville said flash flooding and lightning were particularly dangerous for emergency services workers.

“In the past we have seen deaths as a result of those sorts of conditions. So it's something we'll be monitoring both for communities but particularly for our workers.”

Ms Neville said a grass fire destroyed two structures in Wodonga on Friday night but authorities were able to contain it quickly.

Firefighters in race against time with hot, windy weather and NSW bushfire threat predicted to return on Friday

  Firefighters in race against time with hot, windy weather and NSW bushfire threat predicted to return on Friday Milder conditions are providing a short reprieve for exhausted firefighters who are taking the opportunity to strengthen containment lines across New South Wales, before dangerous bushfire weather returns on Friday.The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is taking advantage of cooler temperatures — including rain in some areas — to strengthen containment lines before the mercury rises back into the 40s in some parts of the state.

After milder weather brought brief respite last weekend, fire crews are preparing again for worsening conditions as temperatures are predicted to soar on Friday. Artist's visualisation misinterpreted. One image shared widely by Twitter users, including by singer Rihanna

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended his leadership and his government's record on climate change Sunday as milder temperatures brought hope of a respite from wildfires that A state of emergency is in place across NSW as firefighters battle 150 fires , 64 of which are uncontained.

“But that just shows you particularly in the north-east just how dry it is and how quickly fires can start.”

She said the government would be monitoring “new starts” today in an effort to contain fires quickly.

However, she warned that Victoria was a “long way from the end” of the fire season, with normal summer weather expected to return after the 10-day cooler period.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said there were no total fire bans in Victoria on Saturday but fire danger ratings remained very high in the Mallee and high in East Gippsland.

He said temperatures remained high in the state’s north-east and there were 16 watch and act warnings in place ranging from Mallacoota to the Corryong fire. Commissioner Crisp said another 140 international firefighters and specialists were expected to arrive in Victoria within about a week in addition to dozens of overseas firefighters who have already joined local crews.

He said planning for the fires would continue until the end of March.

Strong winds continue in the state’s north-east, contributing to the active fires.

Ms Neville said the East Gippsland fire had burnt about 900,000 hectares. However, conditions have eased in East Gippsland today. She said recent rain had delivered about 18 millimetres at Bairnsdale but Mallacoota had only received 2 millimetres.

The respite from fires could give residents a chance to return to their properties to see how badly they have been damaged.

Authorities are also working to reopen the Princes Highway so that residents can enter and leave Mallacoota.

Australia's bushfire-stricken east welcomes drenching rain .
Australia's bushfire-stricken east welcomes drenching rainMELBOURNE (Reuters) - Intense thunderstorms with heavy rains dampened bushfires on Australia east coast on Friday and brought relief to farmers in three states battling a drought which has left much of the country tinder dry.

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